[CentOS] Interpreting logwatch

Timothy Murphy gayleard at eircom.net
Wed Sep 8 09:47:46 EDT 2010

m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:

>> Every few days I see in the logwatch on my Centos-5.5 web-server
>> what seems like a rather feeble break-in attempt.

>> In fact, I'm not clear how one should deal with logwatch entries
>> in general.
>> Is there any document giving advice on this?
> We run fail2ban. It blocks a given IP for so long after so many (3? 5?)
> failed attempts to break in. It also does a whois on the IP, which is a
> little more info.

Thanks, I'll try that.
I had heard of fail2ban , but was slightly put off by the strange name;
what exactly is the name meant to convey?

Timothy Murphy  
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